Thursday, December 20, 2012

Chicken Pot Pie


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The first time I had chicken pot pie was in college and it was not good.  It was one of those frozen 68 cent dinners that had enough sodium for three days.

So I made this one from scratch.

It has leftover roast chicken, sauteed carrots, onions, garlic, celery and frozen peas.  The sauce is homemade chicken stock, made from the roast chicken carcasses, thickened with Wondra flour and with a bit of cream.

The topping is White Lily biscuits from the back of the bag recipe from the self rising flour.

I baked it at 400 without the topping until it was bubbly.  Then I put the biscuits on top and bumped up the temp by 50 degrees. And baked about 25 minutes until it looked like this.

It was really really good.  Kidlet loved it.  Chuy loved it.  My husband loved it.

I am planning on always roasting two chickens so I can make this regularly.

And I am thinking that shepherd's pie would be really amazing with a biscuit topping.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Dinner Prep

So I got a rib roast today.

We intend to dry age it and eat in on Christmas.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Easy Lunch

I really like pastas where the sauce is made by the time the pasta is cooked.


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I put eight ounces of rotelle on to cook for about ten minutes.

This is
2T butter
2T Boursin
1 clove crushed garlic
Pepper
1 cup chopped ham

1 cup frozen peas

I put the first five ingredients in the serving bowl and put the frozen peas in the water the pasta is boiling for one minute.  I reserved a coffee cup's worth of the pasta cooking water.  I drained the pasta and poured the hot pasta and peas over the butter cheesy goodness.

Then I topped with parmesan and more pepper.

This took 12 minutes to make and was lunch for two adults and one toddler.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kidlet Lunch


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Cucumbers, Grape Tomatoes, Blackberries, Baby Goldfish, granola bar and Emmental cheese.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Kansas City Steak

A few months ago, I won a gift certificate for Kansas City Steaks.  Yohboh was delighted by this and got four bone in rib eyes.  They were very rich.

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This is the last one that he got to eat for his birthday.  It has the same amount of fat as four and a half sticks of butter.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Empty Fridge

My friend N regularly teases me that she can determine my emotional state by how full my fridge is.  If I am unhappy, it is bare.

But my idea of an empty fridge is a lot different than most:


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This is what it looked like when I came back from a two week vacation.  The milk was left by our friend who house sat.

But seeing the back wall of the fridge?

Just does not happen.  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thanksgiving

This year, we spent Thanksgiving in St. Thomas.


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An interesting thing is that when you eat turkey and all the trimmings in 86 degree weather you get very hot.  It is a heavy meal to be eaten in a chilly time of the year.  How to rectify that?

Eat it in the pool.  :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cranberry Apple Casserole

This is a re-post since many people asked me for this recipe over the weekend. 

This recipe came from my late grandmother in law. I doubled it here. I love this because it is like a dessert in the middle of a meal.

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Cranberry Apple Casserole
12 ounce bag of cranberries
3 granny smith apples, chopped into cranberry sized pieces
1 cup of white sugar

1 stick of butter melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup of flour
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven at 350. Combine the first three ingredients in a buttered casserole.

Combine the next five ingredients and put on top of the cranberry mixture. Bake for about 45 minutes until it is bubbly and the topping is brown.

Can be served at room temperature.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Company Soup

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For the soup:
1 T bacon grease
1 onion, chopped
2 T garlic
5 baked potatoes, mashed with a fork
2 32 ounce cartons of chicken broth

For the garnishes
2 chopped scallions
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Chopped crispy cooked bacon
Sour Cream

Saute the onions and garlic in the bacon  grease until the onions are translucent.  Add the potatoes and broth.  Simmer until the soup is thickened.  Serve with the garnishes you like.

Very filling.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

National Sushi Day

It is national sushi day in Japan.

So we got some:

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The remnant pizza

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This pizza is garlic butter, farmer's cheese, bacon and pepperoni.  Very good.  And cheesy...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Not BiBimBop

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So tonight's dinner was a hodge podge of stuff, mixed with rice and topped with a fried egg.

My mom would not like this as at all.

It was pretty good.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Steak

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Sometimes steak is all what you want.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Homemade Fries

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Is there anything better?

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Garden Goodness

This is what I picked today:
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Shockingly, the one tomato plant I thought was dead has come back to life and has been producing prodigiously.  I call it TOMATO ZOMBIE--IT'S AAAALIVE.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Made Me Laugh

So I think I am a crazy person who overprepares food.  My mantra is "No one ever leave MY house hungry!"

This is the potato salad and cole slaw from a party I had a few weeks ago. Those are my largest bowls.


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The rice cooker is my mother's.  Quite clearly, she kicks my ass in the no one is ever hungry when she is around.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Jamie Oliver 30 minute meals

So I have been watching the 30 minutes meals with Jamie Oliver.  He is a fun chef and his food always looks good.  I will be honest, I have never made anything of his but he had a good idea that I am now using in my meals.

Serving food on a cutting board:

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This means less washing up.  And I am all for that. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Smoked Pork Butt


So over the weekend, yohboh smoked a pork butt.  It took 14 hours.


Here it is before:
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Here it is after:
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They way you can tell it is done is when the bone slides right out.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Spicy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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So we have an influx of pumpkins. And my youngest child's birthday was coming up so I made a spicy pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing.

It was tasty.

For the cake:
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
2 cups mashed pumpkin
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
3/4 cup dried cranberries that have sat overnight in dark rum
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut


Preheat oven to 350.  Butter and flour three cake pans.

Take your second largest bowl and combing the first eight ingredients together.  Use a whisk because you want it there to be little air pockets.

Get your largest bowl.  Whip up the sugars and oil in the big bowl.  Add the eggs until it looks creamy.  Add the next three ingredients.  Now slowly mix the floury stuff into the liquidy stuff.  Stir until well combined.  Fold in the cranberry and coconut.

Divide the cake batter into the three pans.  Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick is clean test passes.

While the cake is cooling, make the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick of butter, softened
1 eight ounce block of cream cheese, softened
1 16 ounce box of powdered sugar
1 T vanilla

Whip up the butter and cream cheese until it is fluffy.  Add the sugar, a little bit at a time.  Add the vanilla.

Makes enough frosting for one cake.

This cake is HEAVY so small slices work best.  It make enough to feed at least 20.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cream of Tomato Soup

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I am only blogging this to remind me how I made this

Cream of Tomato Soup

1/2 half onion
2 cloves of garlic, smashed
1T butter
1 big can of tomatoes
1 can of broth
2 T heavy cream

It took 20 minutes.  Four of which was the immersion blender whizzing. Really good.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hot Cereal

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Cool mornings mean I need to make my mixed grain porridge for breakfast.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pumpkin Pie

So when you have a large influx of pumpkins, you make pie:


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I followed the Libby can recipe but used two cups of fresh cooked pumpkin.
It was well received.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

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We have no more tomatoes, no more cucumbers but we do have a nice selection of pumpkins.

Minjenah is a farmer.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Yohboh made up a drink

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Gin and juice, tomato style, straight out the garden

This is the water at the bottom of the tomato salad mixed with a dirty martini.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

McDonald's Mighty Wings

So through a coupon sent by McDonald's I got to try a five pack of their new Mighty Wings.

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I want to say something nice about them because I got free food.  I cannot.  They are salty.  I mean SALTY.  And honestly, they made me ill.

But they have a nice crunch.  So there, I did say something nice.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Kidlet Lunch

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Home grown cucumber, tomatoes, strawberries, champagne grapes, string cheese, granola bar, and mini pizza.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tuna

This is how I like my tuna steaks.
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Barely cooked.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

First Day of School Dinner

Kidlet got to choose dinner in honor of the first day of school.  She chose


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Chicken fingers


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and hand cut fries.

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I insisted on the tomato slices.

Monday, August 13, 2012

School Lunch

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I pack my kid's lunch.  It is something that I like to do.  I know, I am an odd person.    Today was the first day of school for kidlet so she got a little note.

This is a half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, graham crackers, a granola bar, strawberries, cucumbers and a cheese stick.

No she did not really eat too much of this.  She was too busy chatting.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Garden Meal

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Heirloom Tomatoes

This year, we only grew heirloom tomatoes.

Yes they are tasty and pretty and what not. 

But next year, we are putting some hybrids in the ground.

Because it has been a long frustrating growing season with a small freaking yield.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pizza Night

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Pizza night is an excellent way to use up the odd bits and ends in your fridge.  This is a Canadian bacon, tomato and cheese pizza.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Heirloom Tomato Salad

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It tasted better than it looks.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Burger Day

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Today was burger day.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fried Food Fest

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Over processed food

Last night, yohboh and I went to dinner.  I wanted some seafood and wanted to go a step up from Red Lobster.  So we went to a fancy seafood place, the kind that costs at least a hundred dollars for dinner for two.

In my every day diet, I do not eat too much processed stuff.  I mean, I sneak a cookie (love Pepperidge Farm) but in my every day existence I do not eat a lot of stuff that comes out of boxes.

Everything at the restaurant was too something.  The shrimp was too overcooked.  The meal was too salty and too buttery.  The drinks, sauces and dessert were too sweet.  And I was so thirsty afterwards from all the crap in it that I drank twice as much water as I normally would at night.

You know what the best part of the meal was?  The bread and butter.  And we found a HAIR in the butter.

I do not think that I am an elitist food snob, but really when I eat a meal, I should not feel like crap the next day like I have been drinking.

I should have gone to Red Lobster.  It would have been a step up.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

You wanna be my friend

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You wanna be my friend if you want garden grown veggies. I gave three boxes of veggies away to the mommies in my playgroup.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tomato Salad

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When you have good ingredients, all you do is slice and eat.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Okay, I will share now.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Maybe I will share now

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but probably not, I am tomato greedy.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Why I garden

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So I can eat Kellogg's Breakfast tomatoes in my chicken salad sandwiches.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The No Cook Weekend

For those of you who do not know, there is a heat wave in the Deep South.  A 105 degree heat wave.  So I am not cooking this weekend because our poor air conditioner is working hard enough.

Truth be told, I am roasting a chicken right now before the AC kicks in.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tomatoes

When you vegetable garden, people who you do not know ask you about tomatoes.  People will stop in their cars, who you do not know, ask, "Are the tomatoes in yet?" while you are picking squash.

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AM I AM NOT SHARING (YET).
These are some flamme, a black cherry and two green Costoluto Genovese picked because the stem has snapped.
I will share in August!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Good, Fast, and Cheap

There is a design principle where the client has to pick two from the ideas of good, fast, and cheap. I was thinking how this applies to food.

Good + Fast = Expensive
So you want a quick healthy meal, say with fish. Good fish is expensive but needs little else than salt, pepper and olive oil.

Good + Cheap = Slow
Beans and rice is a good cheap meal. But good beans and rice requires planning. An overnight soak and a long cook time.

Fast and Cheap = Inferior
A McDonald's McDouble is a dollar. But it gives me heartburn every time I eat one.

Monday, June 25, 2012

More Garden Goodies

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 But still no tomatoes.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Veggies

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Veggies from the garden.  Mainly cucumbers.  Rain made them come in!